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for john brennan, president obama's nominee to heat cia, it was held in the intelligence committee in the senate, right? well, specifically it's called the u.s. senate select committee on intelligence. this committee was not created until 1976. it was created specifically in response to the recommendations of the church committee. the church committee was a special senate investigation led by idaho senator frank church. it was formed in 1975. their work took nine months and 150 staffers. they produced a two-foot-thick report in may 1976 that said, among other things, that we need congress to oversee intelligence in this country. the way we are overseeing it now is not working. and you know why we can tell that oversight is not working? because the cia keeps killing people. or trying to kill people in other countries that we are not at war with. the cia at the time had taken it upon itself, it wasn't clear if they were acting alone or at various presidents' direction, but they had taken on the job of assassinations in foreign countries. assassinations and attempted assassinations. a
brennan, will face the senate intelligence committee for his confirmation hearing as the director of central intelligence. one of the very first thing president obama did you might remember when he first became president at the start of his first term in 2009 was that he dropped the bush administration's torture policy. remember, he did that right away. he issued an executive order two davis taking office to doubly, triply extra ban torture in the united states. at the start of that first term, newly elected president obama also wanted to nominate john brennan to be the head of the cia. but he didn't end up putting him forward. john brennan ended up taking his name out of contention for that nomination because of opposition to him being chosen. and the opposition centered on the fact that john brennan had been deputy executive director of the cia during the bush days. during the bad old torturing prisoners days of the george w. bush administration. so you're going to have a brand-new president who bans torture, but then you're going to put a guy who was there for the whole torture
, other answers were given to the committee that were revealed today from john brennan. we can talk about that after a moment. they knew that there were other issues they were going to have to deal with. they needed to get this off the table. >> well, in terms of releasing to the intelligence committees, it's a very good point about who this is going to. this is not the same as releasing this memo publicly. we presumably will still never know what is in it, just as members of the public. but andrea, do we know enough about what the administration was concerned about in this document, that worried them so much that before tonight they wouldn't even show it to the oversight committees in congress in a classified setting? do we know what they saw as so potentially dangerous releasing even that far? >> i'm not sure what they thought was so dangerous initially, other than they believe there is a precedent that this is basically a legal memo, an advisory memo. and others have been released in the past on other, you know, on technical and intelligence issues. they were arguing this is the equiva
for the brennan confirmation hearing. first it was virginia. now michigan is flirting with state-mandated vaginal probes. there's a late update on this story. i'll talk war on women with terry o'neil and actress martha plimpton. >>> senator bernie sanders has a new plan to stop corporate tax dodgers. >> corporations are people, my friend. >> the senator unveils his new bill here tonight. >>> plus, someone actually made the paul harvey farmer ad better. >>> and governor chris christie wants everyone to shut up about his weight. >> shut up. >> tonight, reverend al sharpton is here to give the governor some tips on becoming the biggest loser. >>> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. the confirmation hearings of cia director nominee john brennan got off to a rocky start today. human rights protesters from the activist group code pink interrupted the hearings before they even started. john brennan is the architect of the obama administration's drone warfare program, which includes targeted killings. once the hearing got under way, there was another disruption. the protester wa
of the cia. john brennan, the architect of the obama administration's drone program, strongly defended their use, saying strikes only take place to prevent terror threats, not as punishment for them. >> i think there is a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> democratic senator ron wyden who has demanded more insight into the administration's legal justification for drone strikes against americans pressed brennan on the issue. >> do you believe that the president should provide an individual american with the opportunity to surrender before killing them? >> any american who joins al qaeda will know full well that they have joined an organization that is at war with the united states and has killed thousands upon thousands of individuals, many, many of them who were americans. so i think any american who did
't disagree with that. >> okay. do you think this is going to imperil john brennan's nomination? >> the president believes that john brennan is uniquely qualified as a 25-year veteran of intelligence work. >> okay. good morning, everyone. it's the top of the hour. 6:00 on the east coast. it's thursday, february 7th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have the chairman of deutsche incorporated, donny deutsch. and former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. and from washington, nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of "andrea mitchell reports," andrea mitchell. andrea, good morning. >> good morning. hi, mika. >> want to get straight into the news. chris christie's back in the news. he kind of fired back at that white house doctor who made some really kind of inappropriate comments about his weight. >> yeah, did you hear about that? >> i thought. i thought it was great what he said. it's exactly the conversation that we don't need to have about weight and obesity. we need to have a better one. hopefully this will lead to that at
advisor john brennan become the head of the cia. he testifies tomorrow on capitol hill. some liberals don't like him because he is the director of the drone program that kills terrorists from the sky. president obama very bullish on the drones. >> the strikes are legal. they are ethical and they are wise. the u.s.a. government takes great care in deciding to pursue an al qaeda terrorist to ensure precision and avoid loss of innocent life. >> bill: here now to discuss his moral dilemma over the drone issue, the co-host of the five bob beckel. all right. so, first of all, would you make brennan the head of the cia? >> not with that policy, no. until that policy was changed, i would hold him up. >> bill: he is the architect of the policy. >> that's a good reason. >> bill: you won't vote for him. >> i wouldn't vote for him unless that policy changed. talking about going after american citizens who yes are associated with terrorist groups i understand that no doig anything about an imminent threat to the united states. what is that all about? >> bill: the president says he has evidence and doe
other things, john brennan coordinates the kill list, and so his confirmation hearing to become head of the cia is drawing an unusual amount of interest and attention. we'll get to what he said and the reaction at the top of the show. >>> also, more and more people on the right are asking, who is karl rove and why should we listen to him anymore? rove wants electable republicans nominated. the tea partiers want their people in, real right wingers, and they're trashing rove and establishment republicans in the process. >>> plus, you've probably heard that chuck hagel once said the following, quote, the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here. i'm not an israeli senator. i'm a united states senator. but what you probably haven't heard is the rest of that interview and why some people who know what hagel really said aren't angry with him at all. >>> and why is chris christie talking so much about his weight? maybe because he wants to talk about it on his terms, and why might that be? because perhaps he's running for president. >>> finally, the recently fired dick morris admits
on capitol hill this morning. during confirmation hearings, john brennan will be asked to explain the legal justification tore predator drone strikes against u.s. citizens. they're expected to zero in as his chief counter-terrorism adviser, specifically what he knew and when he knew it. his knowledge of the administration's use of the tactic faces scrutiny after the release of confidential government documents. drones are used to kill americans believed to be leaders of al qaeda. that news brought backlash from both sides of the aisle along with demands of the administration's legal justification for the strikes. the white house bound to growing political pressure and agreed to hand over the documents to congress. dianne feinstein who heads the intelligence committee says lawmakers should know what brennan knew and when he knew it. she released a statement saying it's critical for the committee's oversight function to fully understand the legal basis for all intelligence and counter-terrorism operations. >>> in a speech last summer, brennan said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. turned a
for john brennan. john brennan's champion of the drone program, has served as president obama's terrorism expert. wyden says it makes a mockery of the oversight process. he says he was kept in the loop about the strike that killed an american-born al qaeda leader. >> we do have oversight into it. i knew about those operations, the targeting sets, all of that leading up to it, including very shortly thereafter. and i review all of is the air strikes that we use under this title of the law. >> let's turn to our panel tonight. msnbc military analyst and medal of honor recipient, colonel jack jacobs. michelle goldberg of "newsweek" and daily beast. and sam stein of the "huffington post." great to have all of you with us tonight. >> thank you. >> michelle, you first. what do you make of the white house's response tonight that they are providing the memos that those on the intel committee wanted? >> they obviously should have provided them a long time ago. it was always ludicrous, not only that these weren't made public, but that they weren't even allowed to the people who are charged with over
obama's pick for cia director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at his confirmation hearing this afternoon. democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the administration's point person on drones, the man who signs off on the kill list. >> i suggest to you that these targeted strikes against al qaeda terrorists are, indeed, ethical and just. >> reporter: the use of drones has grown 700% under the obama administration. we learned just yesterday, that america has a secret base in saudi arabia, used to send drones throughout the region. lawmakers will discover about a document that says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed if a high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat. but the government can do so without having clear evidence. human rights advocates disagree. >> that justifies, essentially, a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: drone strikes have become controversial. in pakistan alone, there ha
advisor, john brennan heads to capital hill for his hearing to take over the c.i. averment. the white house has to answer some tough questions about its overseas drone program. the catalyst is a white house memo obtained that justifies american citizens. civil liberties advocates and senator ron widen tweeted today every american has the right to know that their government believes they're allowed to kill them. most americans seem to casually accept this. david corn is washington bureau chief for mother jones. both are msnbc political analysts. jebtle men, let's look here at carney. there was a briefing today and carney defended the president's position on drones. >> i won't talk about specific instances, but the fact is the methods that we use are designed specifically to avoid civilian casualties. i think it's fair to say that far fewer civilians lose their lives in an effort to go after senior leadership as opposed to an effort to lead a country with hundreds of thou sants of troops. >> why are you dancing around the question of whether or not we kill civilians. >> i don't think th
. >>> to capitol hill, now, where cia nominee, john brennan, has strongly defended the use of drones against terror targets. brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are only used against targets planning to carry out attacks against the united states. never as retribution. he promised to tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia and the cia was involved in any type of illegal activity, i would make sure this committee had that information. absolutely. >> after the hearing, intelligence committee chair, dianne feinstein, called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to regulate those strikes. >>> and outgoing defense secretary leon panetta revealed the first time there was a plan in place to arm rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by the white house, over worries the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 60,000 people have died in the civil war in syria. >>> and still to come on this busy friday morning, the very latest on the blizzard watch in the northeast. a storm th
for tomorrow's senate confirmation heerg for john brennan, the man nominated to head the ciament he is considered the architect of the obama administration's drone campaign. "the washington post" reveals that the u.s. has been operating the secret drone base for the last two years. brennan played a key role in negotiating the base with the saudi kingdom. meanwhile, charlottesville, virginia, has become the first city in the country to pass a resolution restricting use of drones by law enforcement. >>> president obama's asking law makers to take quick action as a march for a deadline approaches that will trigger deep spending cuts signalling that more time is negotiated a broader deal. he urged lawmakers to delay the sequester. but coming up with a limited package of spending cuts and tax reforms. nearly $1 trillion of domestic and defense spending hanging in the balance, the president said the impact is already being felt. >> we've also seen the effects of political dysfunction can have on our economic progress. the drawn out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt consumer conf
of a confirmation hearing for john brennan. as the next head of the spy agency. he's expected to be questioned about the controversial policy that allows drone strikes against terror suspects, even those who are american citizens. civil liberties groups say such strikes are unconstitutional. >> it justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> trying to head off the controversy ahead of the hearing today, the white house has ordered that top lawmakers be given secret documents that explain the white house's drone policy. >>> a boeing 878 dreamliner will fly from texas to washington state today, but that doesn't mean it's closer to carrying passengers any time soon. 787s are grounded while investigators try to determine what caused a fire in one of them and smoke inside of another. the plane's lithium ion battery is under scrutiny. a lead investigator says the batteries aren't necessarily unsafe. but boeing needs to build reliable safeguards in the event of a problem. today's flight is not a test, it's simply to relocate that aircraft. >>> also from the
and ordered on people who do not sit in the oval office, by people who, you know, mr. brennan and how far down does it go? to a general? to a colonel? and there is no due process here whatsoever. and i'm curious. robert greenwald, your thoughts. why wasn't this memo released to the public by the obama administration? >> the obama administration is doing everything in its power to keep every single aspect of this disastrous and horrific policy of assassinating people in other countries. they're doing everything they can to keep it hidden. >> assassinating? you're saying -- you're saying assassinations are taking place? is that what you call it? >> yes, that's what i'm calling it. with people around the world who have not been tried by a jury, there has been no evidence against them, and we are guessing, remember this, we are guessing this and accusing them of things that we have absolutely no firm evidence about. i was in pakistan. i spent a lot of time talking to people, ed. we've talked about this. it's heartbreaking on a moral level, and it's absolutely disastrous on a security level. >> i'm
to you. >> jim, thanks a lot. >>> now we turn to capitol hill why cia nominee john brennan has strongly defended the use of drones against terror targets. he said they're only used against targets planning on carrying out attacks on americans. he promised to tell congress every time terrorists are targeted. >> i would damn well make sure that this committee had that information. absolutely. >> after the hearing, intelligence committee chair diane fine feinstein called fore openness about drone strikes. >> talking about, this is a hot button issue. at the very beginning of that hearing,g, it was interrupted repeatedly by protesters who came in and eventually the entire room had to be cleared and only authorized people were allowed in, because it was interrupted so many times. >> we've seen that kind of thing before. they took it to another level yesterday, the fact that they had to close things off a little bit here. politically speaking, it seems likely he will get confirmation. certainly more likely than chuck hagel. so far so good for mr. brennan. but the drone has become the hot issu
controversy of drone attacks on american terror suspects. john brennan, the president's choice to head the cia, is expected to be questioned about the policy today during confirmation hearings and expected to face tough questions over harsh interrogation methods and long detention of suspects without due process. >>> ahead of today's hearing, the white house ordered that top lawmakers be given secret documents about the administration's drone program, this comes days after a group of 11 senators demanded more information, especially about the killing of american citizens. at least one prominent republican is backing the policy. south carolina's lindsay graham says he's 100% behind it. >>> at the center of everything here is due process, or lack thereof when it comes to attack on americans outside of america. >> you hear two key arguments. there you're violating civil liberties. other people say in a post 9/11 world, whatever you have to do to stop that from happening again, go ahead and do it. warfare doesn't really have any rules, particularly when you're trying to stop a constantly evolving
john brennan has strongly defended the use of drones against terror targets. brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are used only against targets planning to carry out attacks against the u.s. but never merely as retribution. he promised to tell congress every time the cia targets and kills suspected terrorists. >> if i were to go to cia ands the cia was involved in any type of illegal activity, i would damn well make sure this committee had that type of information. absolutely. >> after the hearing, intelligence committee chair dianne feinstein called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to actually regulate those strikes. >> talking about, this is a hot button issue. at the very beginning of that hearing, it was interrupted repeatedly by protesters who came in, and eventually the entire room had to be cleared and only people authorized to be there, because it was supposed to be open to the public, they were asked to leave. it was interrupted to many times, they couldn't even get their points across. >> we've seen that kind
comes ahead of a senate confirmation hearing on thursday for john brennan. he is nominated to be the new cia director. he is considered the architect of the obama administration's drone campaign. this is a big deal laying out a lot of new facts related to this controversial program and nbc's michael isikoff is going to join us later on "morning joe." after spending months focused on federal spending and deficit reduction, to day house majority leader eric cantor plans to urge his republican party to take its message in a new direction. in what's being described as a major policy speech one week before the president's state of the union address, kantor wcant to rollout a new agenda that puts emphasis on how the government can help american families in their daily lives. expected to touch on new and existing republican education initiatives, the need to simplify the tax code sh ways to curb rising health care costs and the hot issue of immigration reform. in a prespeech excerpt, he is quote the as saying, "government policy should aim to strike a balance between what is needed to aadvance
anthony bourdain and the west borough baptist church. >>> john brennan told lawmakers that drone strikes are only used against targets planning to carry out attacks against the united states. he promised to tell congress every time the cia plans to target and kill terrorists. >> if the cia was involved in any illegal activity, i would make sure this committee had that information. >> after the hearing, dine feinstein called for more openness about drone strikes. the senator says lawmakers may set up a special court to regulate those strikes. >>> outgoing secretary leon panetta revealed the first time there was a plan in place to arm rebels in syria. but that plan was vetoed by the white house, over worries the weapons might fall into the wrong hands. more than 650 people have died in the civil war. >>> coming up on this friday morning, the latest on the blizzard watch in the northeast. a storm that's on the move right now. >>> and then, did facebook break the internet. a software buzz last night left millions seeing error messages. >>> and the good news here at abc. robin roberts' return
of the brennan center from nyu school of law, and michael medved, conservative commentator for salem radio. great to see both of you. michael waldman, you're both michael so i have to do first and last names. great to see both of you. the president asking for a smaller package because a bigger deal can't get done. how is this moving the ball forward? there's blame to go on both sides here but it is pathetic. >> i think he probably would say that it's better to kick the can down the road than to kick the economy off the cliff. this is kind of a self-inflicted answer to a concocted crisis. the threat to default on the debt a few years ago to try to force a budget deal, and then oh, we're going to put these automatic cuts in, they're going to be so terrible that that will force our hand, and now the political market and everybody else is kind of priced in already the nonsense. so i think as an economic matter, it would be really bad to have this austerity go in effect right now but it's not a permanent solution, it's not a way to run a railroad or a government. >> you have a point. a lot of people a
on this unprecedented overreach, constitutional overreach. >> well, i think some of it will come out in the brennan testimony, and that should be very, very interesting. i think we made the point yesterday that if this was happening in the bush administration, people would be going crazy especially in the sort of echo chamber. but i do think, when you think through the debate on this and the debate you and i would have on this, we would end up exactly where we are on the debate about torture. where we both end up evolving a little bit because we both love this country. we both want to respect the moral values that it's pinned upon, but we also both want our children to be safe. >> right. >> i mean, i think that the debate would sound the same. >> it's a balancing act. i am surprised -- and willie, let me bring you in here because we went through this a lot, talking about enhanced interrogation techniques. and pretty soon even sleep deprivation and things that are done to u.s. soldiers in basic training started being defined as torture. so i'm going to say enhanced interrogation techniques. i never
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